The Proteas won’t be taking Australia too lightly when the sides begin their three match T20 international series at Kingsmead on Friday.
On paper the Proteas should have no problems against the the world No 8 ranked side but of course, games of cricket aren’t played on paper. Take into account the fact that anything can happen in T20 cricket and there are a number of possibilities.
“Australia will always be a strong team no matter where they are in the rankings. They’ve got match-winners in that squad. For us it’s the same business, we’re playing good cricket. We know if we play to our full potential that there’s a high possibility we can win this series,” Faf du Plessis said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“We want to make sure we get better every game and try improve as a team. We’re in a really good space and looking forward to the series.”
It appears that the strip prepared for the first game deviates slightly from the norm at the Durban venue but Du Plessis is unconcerned about the slow nature of the wicket.
It’s not a normal Durban pitch where there’s pace. It’s important to be adapting very quickly and that’s a great challenge against an Australian team we don’t know that well. Even though it’s new faces they’re a great cricketing nation. We have to play our best cricket to beat them.”
It’s also expected that AB de Villiers, destructive against England in the Proteas’ most recent fixture, will continue his role as an opening batsman with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock set to duel for the other spot.
“We’re looking at giving everyone in the squad a go in this series. Trying all the combinations of Quinny and AB or Hash and AB. It’s great that we can have more depth in our squad going into the World Cup.
“We’ve planned for this a long time, two years for this World Cup, and now to change those plans a week before is not for me, that’s not really an option. It’s about trying to make sure everyone nails down their roles.”
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